Past Chainsaw Carving News

Wood Fair in Ann Arbor
 by Milton Lowden
Reported by Jim Madsen

  A great big Thank you to Jim Madsen, Scott and Richard Kuefler, Robert Bing, and Steph Collin for carving all day and agreeing  to donate their time, expenses, and their day to promote Chainsaw Sculpting.  A check of $300 was presented to Jim for setting this Event up. They are splitting their fee they earned to 3 wood turning groups and this site. Each group is being awarded $75 apiece. Jim is hand delivering the other $75 donations to the wood turning groups when he meets with them in the names of all of them that participated in the event,  as well as those that sent pieces for me to display.  Now everybody knows where every penny went and I believe I made the right choice to give it back to those that made it possible. Thank you everyone who made this Event possible.
 

Winter Fest at Troy
by Milton Lowden
Thanks to Jerry Schieffer
for Reporting and Photo's

  Winter fest Troy, Pa was a great start to open the 2005 carving season. John Kern the comp. director of this event ran a fun filled, relaxed, but well organized "Judged" competition. For a February weekend we had 50 degree blue bird days and an excellent choice of wood to carve. The judging was done by two Judging groups which paid a first place prize money of $400 from each group. The first group of judging was done by 2 judges from the local area Art council and because the third judge was unable to make it, Duane Bender came to help round out the the first judging group. Now the hard part, the second group of judges was the carvers themselves. We had to go around and fill out a sheet with different cat. (like design, proportions, etc.) and evaluate each others carvings (thank goodness, not our own), which also paid $400 dollars for first, $300 for second, $200 for third, and $100 dollars for forth. I'd have to say for myself that was one of the hardest challenges I've had to do in carving. It might be easy to be a Monday morning quarter back and second guess the judging at events, but it's quite a different story when your one of the judges.

From the Art Judges:
1st Place..........Tom Zimmer......$400
2nd place..........Brent Butler....$300
3rd place..........Lynn Randle.....$200
4th place..........Kevin Black.....$100

From the Carvers as Judges
1st place..........Lynn Randle.....$400
2nd place.. Tied...Tom Zimmer & Brent Butler split $500
3rd place ...money went to tie above
4th place...........Kevin Black.....$100
 
Group Picture
Lynn Randle
Tom Zimmer
Brent Butler
Russ Ehart
Gordon Cook
Kevin Black
Jerry Schieffer
And a demo by John Kern he didn't enter judgings

Tom Zimmer took 1st place with judges, 2nd with carvers choice
(eagle heads)
Lynn Randle took 3rd place judges choice, 1st place carvers choice
(bear and tree)
Brent Butler - 2nd place judges, tied for 2nd in carvers choice

 

Gordan Cook Masterpiece
Jerry Schieffer Masterpiece
1st place Judges Tied 2nd place carvers
Kevin Black - 4th place on both judgings
 
Russ Ehart Masterpiece
John Kerns Demonstration

Invitation to Klondike Days

January 18, 2005

You are cordially invited to participate in the Chainsaw Carving Competition for Klondike Days, February 19th and 20th, 2005.  Entry into the Competition requires a $50.00 entry fee of from each participant.  Only the first ten paid entries will be accepted.  The payout will be as follows:

1st)       $1,000.00                      4th)       $   200.00

2nd)       $   500.00                      5th)       $   100.00                     

3rd)       $   300.00                     

Competitors are expected to supply their own wood for the main event and are required to be set up on Friday.  The grounds are fenced and locked at night.  Each competitor will be expected to carve both days, although it is not expected that the carving will be continuous.  Carving times will be Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.  Absolutely no work may be done outside these times.  The competitors are expected to clean up or Burn debris.

The competitors may use tools other than chainsaws for “finishing” of the carving.  For example, if the competitor wishes to burn the wood to produce contrasting colors or shadows, this is permissible.  Though power chisels are not allowed, Small tools, including electric tools, for fine grinding are permissible.  COMPETITORS MUST SUPPLY THEIR OWN GENERATORS FOR ELECTRIC TOOLS THERE WILL BE NO POWER AVAILABLE AT THE SITE.  Painting of the carvings is not allowed, however, use of a clear (not cedar tone) TWP sealer is acceptable.  Judgment concerning tools and finishes will be at the sole discretion of the event coordinator and will be considered final.

Individuals not affiliated with the management of Klondike Days will conduct judging on Sunday afternoon.  Judging will be done by persons having recognized artistic abilities and will be based on several factors including creative expression, artistic quality, balance and proportion, and similarity to the Klondike Days theme.  The carving being done during the event will be the sole basis for judging and will be the property of the competitor when finished.  Competitors may display and sell other carvings, but these should be placed in such a manner as to not influence the judges’ decision.

A quick carving competition will be held Sunday after the main judging and before the announcement of the winners (Approximately 1:00 pm).  The sole winner of the one-hour quick carving competition will receive $150.00.  All quick carve pieces will become property of Klondike Days to be auctioned off at the following year’s event to raise money for Klondike Days.  Rules and judging for the Quick Carving Competition will be the same as above, except there will be no restriction on the theme of the carving.  We will supply the wood for the Quick Carving Competition.

We are looking forward to seeing you at this year’s event.  Please contact me at (715) 479-4406 8:30 – 5:00 for lodging or additional information.

Sincerely,
Patrick J. Nickel

Event Coordinator


Bob King
Filmed for Discovery Channel Monster Garage Show

By Milton Lowden
  The Monster Garage will be airing a chainsaw demonstration on their show on April 11th 2005. Bob and Cindy King traveled from Washington State to California to film on site. Bob is a well known carver that is on the Board of Directors of the United Chainsaw Carvers Guild.  Cindy his wife is Treasure of the Cascade Chainsaw Sculptors Guild. She has also been nominated for a Board of Directors in the United Chainsaw Carvers Guild.
  The other carver for the show is Cherrie Currie. Cherie Currie rocketed to international stardom as the teenage lead vocalist for the now legendary all-female rock band, The Runaways, alongside band mates Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Sandy West & Jackie FoxEcho. She has a site at: http://www.rocketcityrecords.com/cherie.
  The Two Carvers are both active in carving and I feel that the Chainsaw Sculpting Community  will be represented very well by both Bob and  Cherie
in this film.
  Representatives were there from Echo to provide the carvers with whatever they needed. Echo Supports Chainsaw Carvers. Below are pictures of some of the on site action..

Click on photo's to enlarge


Bob and fellow carver Cherrie Currie.

Bob working on his piece.

Cherrie working on one of the number they had her carve.

Bob, Cindy, Cherie, and the guys from Echo that supported us throughout the show. Anything we wanted or needed they were there getting it.

Cherrie and Jesse. It was interesting to find out that he worked security when she was doing an album signing at one time.


Jesse and Bob
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T he Monster Garage will be airing a chainsaw demonstration on their show on April 11th 2005. Bob and Cindy King traveled from Washington State to California to film on site. Bob is a well known carver that is on the Board of Directors of the United Chainsaw Carvers Guild.  Cindy his wife is Treasure of the Cascade Chainsaw Sculptors Guild. She has also been nominated for a Board of Directors in the United Chainsaw Carvers Guild.
  The other carver for the show is Cherrie Currie. Cherie Currie rocketed to international stardom as the teenage lead vocalist for the now legendary all-female rock band, The Runaways, alongside band mates Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Sandy West & Jackie Fox Echo. She has a site at: http://www.rocketcityrecords.com/cherie.
  The Two Carvers are both active in carving and I feel that the Chainsaw Sculpting Community  will be represented very well by both Bob and  Cherie in this film.
  Representatives were there from Echo to provide the carvers with whatever they needed. Echo Supports Chainsaw Carvers. Below are pictures of some of the on site action..

Click on photo's to enlarge


Bob and fellow carver Cherrie Currie.

Bob working on his piece.
 

Cherrie working on one of the number they had her carve.

Bob, Cindy, Cherie, and the guys from Echo that supported us throughout the show. Anything we wanted or needed they were there getting it.
 

Cherrie and Jesse. It was interesting to find out that he worked security when she was doing an album signing at one time.


Jesse and Bob
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